Welcome to Sweden: Season 1 Reviews

August 7, 2014
"Welcome to Sweden" is the antithesis to "Parks and Recreation."
Full Review | Original Score: D
July 11, 2014
Bruce, in shame, hides his American identity. A sorry image, much like the rest of the eager-to-please comic self on display in the show-not the sort to induce warm laughter.
July 10, 2014
The fish-out-of-water premise of Welcome to Sweden may be a familiar launch pad on which to build a comedy series, but very little of the show feels familiar.
July 10, 2014
It's an intriguing setup, one whose novel premise and setting refreshes musty sitcom setups.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 10, 2014
Looks like Amy Poehler isn't the only one in the family with a sharpened funny bone. Brother Greg Poehler is quite charming in Welcome to Sweden.
July 10, 2014
Welcome to Sweden is the best thing to happen to broadcast-network comedy since Modern Family. Sweet, smart and quickly addictive, it's a classic cross-cultural romantic comedy with top notes of satire, but a brave and true heart.
July 10, 2014
Welcome to Sweden is the best show starring a Poehler that's been on in years; it's a trip that took a moment of getting used to, but one I was glad I took.
July 10, 2014
Welcome to Sweden is engaging for its exotic Scandinavian setting and warm visual style. It's a winning mix of low-key charm and robust humor.
July 10, 2014
Welcome to Sweden explores less familiar territory and best of all, is not in the least bit zany.
July 10, 2014
Welcome to Sweden... is actually pretty charming.
July 9, 2014
Although it might get lost in TV's busier seasons, right now Welcome to Sweden is very welcome.
July 9, 2014
For the show itself, we're in, hook, line and rkor. OK, I admit: I had to look that one up - it means shrimp.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 8, 2014
"Cute" isn't always a flattering term in TV circles, but it happily applies to Welcome to Sweden. Summer might be the time to try this out, but with any kind of success, NBC could have an appealing utility player for next season.
July 8, 2014
Toss in some off-center siblings, relatives and friends, and pretty soon you have a scene lifted almost precisely from a thousand American sitcoms. Except we spend more time in a sauna with large naked men, and most of the characters speak more Swedish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
July 8, 2014
All charm and smarts, the best new NBC comedy in a long time. A winner.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 8, 2014
Charming and subtly hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 6, 2014
This pleasant enough rom-com would be better if it relied less on predictable sex jokes and focused more on the fish-out-of-water angle that will ring true to anyone who's lived abroad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 3, 2014
If Welcome to Sweden doesn't work, its failure won't be epic. But during what used to be the throwaway summer season, this is a shining example of a comedy series that has a lot going for it in a smaller way.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 3, 2014
The show is romantically old-fashioned -- think the best Mad About You episodes -- and delightfully weird.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 16, 2014
Unfortunately the show lacks a necessary zing; even the cameo appearances by Bruce's former clients (Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, Will Ferrell, Gene Simmons) fail to generate many laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: C